Lychee Daisy/A Quarter To Tea. . . . Sip Down!

Sip Downs. . . They always make me feel like I’m being productive with my tea stash.  It seems like all of a sudden I turn around and my tea has doubled in size.  For some time now I’ve been on a buying hiatus but it seems like my stash just doesn’t seem to be dwindling.  I have a lot of really great teas in my stash but I just haven’t been paying much attention to them unfortunately.  Something I’m about to change.

So today, I said goodbye to one of my all time favorite A Quarter To Tea blends. . .Lychee Daisy!

Lychee Daisy is a vibrant green tea blend that gives you all the candied floral feels you could ask for. . . and then a bit more.  This green tea blend is sweet with a romantic floral tone that really doesn’t steer you wrong.  Brewed up as a hot tea or a cold brew, the flavor always stays on point and never lets you down.

The tea starts off with this touch of astringency from the green tea and the sweet kick from the sprinkles. Then as the sip develops, you get more of the floral flavors taking over (from the jasmine buds and rosebuds) which translates marvelously into a candied floral finish.

What really elevated the tea was taking a touch of a sparkling flavored peach water and topping my cold brew off. Really delicious, refreshing, and the perfect way to welcome in the spring like weather we currently have coming in.

For me being a green tea and floral fan, this tea is where its all about. Simple yet oh so lovely and tasty.  I’m sad that I’m savoring the last little bits of this tea.  I will be sad to see it go but A Quarter To Tea always has fun and unique blends to try.  Once I’ve drank down more of my stash, I’ll be placing a good size order to see what new blends A Quarter To Tea has made lately.


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Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy:  A Quarter To Tea

Description

This tea is no longer available but click below to learn more about A Quarter To Tea.

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Beards Hollow from Beach House Teas. . . .

Every time I saw this tea in my stash I would think of Gilmore Girls. I don’t know why because Gilmore Girls takes place in Stars Hollow and this is Beards Hollow. So out of curiosity I looked up Beards Hollow and it seems to be a national park which fits much better with the flavors of this tea than the little town of Stars Hollow does.

Comprised of organic lapsang souchong tea, organic blackberry leaf, wild forged hemlock needles, organic juniper berries and organic pure extract the tea has a very earthy quality. It is a touch sweet from the berries and a lot smokey from the lapsang. Like memories of a campfire in the woods. Plus, the hemlock needles give it a really woodsiness to help sell that concept.

This is not the type of tea I usually reach for since I more go for fruity or sweet or dessert-like teas. This is not that and though it is nice to change it up every now and then, I don’t think I personally will reach for this. With that said, for those that enjoy the more herbaceous/woody teas, this has a great balance of flavors and could be a good choice.


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Leaf Type:  Black
Where to Buy:  Beach House Teas
Description

This tea appears to no longer be available from Beach House Teas but click below for other black tea blends that are!

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2017 Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong from Verdant Tea. . .

The Backstreet Boys have a song on an early album that went, “If you wanna get it good, girl, get yourself a bad boy.” This is pretty rich coming from the Backstreet Boys, obviously, but one cannot deny the appeal of a bad boy. Cigarettes, leather, motorcycles, hard liquor, and a devil-may-care attitude.

In my teas (and in my real life), I tend toward the “good boy”: straight or sweetly-flavored teas. But every once in a while, the bad boy winks at me — and I see, for a moment, what all the other girls are gushing about.

This lapsang souchong is a trouble-maker. It’s smoky and rich and dark and mineral. Its flavor is “natural and subtle addition that came from drying the leaves in a wok heated by pine wood. The smoke from the pine wood naturally mixed with the tea, creating a deeper and more foresty flavor that accentuated the tea’s minerality.”

If you’d like to see that drying room in action (you know you do), you should go to the listing for the tea.

Although this tea isn’t my “type,” I totally see its appeal for other people, and think that, if you want to try a rich new lapsang souchong, this might be the one for you. It’s a wild, satisfying ride.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Black
Where to Buy:  Verdant Tea
Description

The earliest Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong, (or Lapsang Souchong as it is commonly referred to in the West) was never deep-smoked. The smokiness was a natural and subtle addition that came from drying the leaves in a wok heated by pine wood. The smoke from the pine wood naturally mixed with the tea, creating a deeper and more foresty flavor that accentuated the tea’s minerality. The Li Family preserves this old-school aesthetic with careful application of smoke from local resinous pine. The sweet, roasted quality of the smoke processing blends with the rich flavor of the tea to yield a dark fruity flavor, and bring front and center the mineral texture of the soil of Wuyi.

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Da Hong Pao Oolong Premium Oolong/Little Red Cup Tea Co. . . .

I seem to be in a funk lately. I need to snap out of it. If I continue to drink tasty teas like this one – it just might help! The tea I’m sipping on today is Little Red Cup Tea Co’s Da Hong Pao Premium Oolong.

This tea brews to a deep mahogany red. I can pick up notes of cinnamon-plum, and gently roasted caramel. It’s robust but not overly robust and this tea has no bitter notes! It offers the perfect balance of smooth, deep, rich, and natural flavor.

I do LOVE the aroma before, during, and after infusing, too! There is a spec of cocao nib nose on it that was a pleasant surprise! It’s delish on the tongue and taste-buds, to boot!

This is one of the better oolongs I have tried in the past year! Hands Down! I would suggest it to just about anyone!


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Leaf Type:  Oolong

Where to Buy:  Little Red Cup

Description

Our Da Hong Pao (大红袍) is a marvelous mountain-grown rock tea from Enshi Prefecture in southwestern Hubei Province. Almost fully oxidized, it brews a deep mahogany red — with notes of cinnamon, plums, and caramel.  Robust yet easy to brew, this tea has no bitter notes — only smooth, deep, rich, flavor.

This is a tea to be enjoyed on a regular basis, but also one to bring out for special occasions. It has taken us nearly ten years since we began our search for a great Da Hong Pao that is both organic and Fair Trade to get to the point where we can add this special oolong to our offerings. It is at once familiar and yet a cut above ordinary oolongs, a tea we are certain you will love.

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Oriental Beauty from Qi Aerista. . . .

Qi Aerista’s Oriental Beauty oolong is so dark I’d probably have thought it was a black tea if I hadn’t been told otherwise by its name.

This tea has a really unique honey-black flavor that comes from, interestingly, its odd chemical makeup. These tea leaves were attacked by a certain kind of bug; so the tea, as a defense, released a chemical to attract its predators. This chemical (or the interaction with the bugs, not sure which) tastes like there’s pollen ground into the rich woodsy earth of the tea. Because it’s a straight black, I’m fairly sure this doesn’t translate into calories. Yessss.

I like this tea a lot. It has a good taste and a cool story. I offer up a thumb pointed to the sky, friends.


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Leaf Type:  Oolong
Where to Buy:  Qi Aerista
Description

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